Empty Bowls Project is filled with success

The Chautauqua Area Potters (CAP) extends their heartfelt thanks to the Chautauqua County public for their enthusiastic support of the 2013 Empty Bowls Project. Over 700 persons visited the fundraiser site in the beautiful Social Center of the Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk last Dec. 7.

About 1000 handmade pottery bowls found new homes. As a result of the public’s generous donations, a grand total of $19,300 was raised. The money will go entirely to stock the shelves of the “Shop Thru” program run by the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. In this manner, all 32 Chautauqua area food pantries and soup kitchens can secure product to distribute among the food insecure persons in our midst.

CAP thanks the numerous community volunteers who helped at the event itself. In particular, thanks are due to the Culinary Arts students at BOCES and their instructor, Chef David Caccamise for once again providing delicious soups. Tuscany Fresh Meats and Deli provided the ingredients for these soups. The Culinary Arts students at the Hewes BOCES working with Chef Rusty Furdell made cookies for the event. Bread came from Better Baked Foods, and Tim Hortons supplied coffee. Tom Gestwicki performed and organized other live music for the event.

CAP also acknowledges the event sponsorship provided by several area business and individuals. Their generosity underwrote all of the expenses encountered in connection with mounting this massive undertaking, yet very successful fundraising event. Lake Shore Savings and Loan provided major sponsorship. Also donating funds were Marcie Burroughs, Donald H. Michalak Atty., Fredonia Pro Hardware and Comprehensive Wealth Solutions.

CAP is grateful to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation for providing logistical support for the 2013 Empty Bowls Project.